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Foot in the Door steps out across Wales

Following their successful Foot in the Door pilot training scheme, Ffilm Cymru Wales are now offering people across South and North Wales the opportunity to learn valuable skills on the set of a major new television series from the makers of Hinterland.


Across Blaenau Gwent and North Wales, via the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia, new Welsh and English language TV thriller Craith is shooting from May to December this year. Ffilm Cymru Wales are working in partnership with Welsh production company Severn Screen and local housing associations Tai Calon and Grŵp Cynefin to provide a programme of free training and production placements on Craith through Foot in the Door.

The scheme is offering people over the age of 18 that are not otherwise engaged in employment, education or training the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new transferable skills that can launch a career in the creative industries and beyond. Trainees will receive guidance, advice and mentorship from industry experts, and eligible applicants may also receive support for travel and childcare.

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Head of Creative Business Kimberley Warner comments: “Foot in the Door goes to the heart of our beliefs as an organisation. We’re excited to bring this unique training model to new locations in Wales.”

Managed by Faye Hannah, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ pilot Foot in the Door programme in April 2017 saw individuals from the Newport and Caerphilly areas rub shoulders with Hollywood stars Michael Sheen (The Queen, The Twilight Saga) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey) on the set of The Raid director Gareth Evans’ forthcoming thriller Apostle. Since their placement, some of those trainees have already secured paid employment in the film, television and wider sectors.

After her experience on Foot in the Door, aspiring make-up artist Jaimie-Leigh Grierson said “From when I was a little girl, I always wanted to work on the other side of the camera and I’ve got a passion for make-up. Foot in the Door has been amazing, and opened my eyes to where I can look to get further jobs in the industry; it isn’t such a strange world now.”

Fellow trainee Norman Porter added “Working in this industry seemed unattainable - but I jumped at this chance and now here I am, and I’ve been working in the art and design department. The sets are phenomenal - I’ve been using my painting, carpentry and arts and design skills; it is hard work but rewarding.”

People from Blaenau Gwent can apply now to participate in Foot in the Door until 8th September 2017, with the North Wales application opening on the 2nd October 2017. Full details and online application forms can be found on the Foot in the Door page.

Foot in the Door is supported by the Welsh Broadcasting Trust’s Partnership Fund and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.